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being overweight or obese may be a benign condition if a person doesn't have problems like high cholesterol, blood pressure, or diabetes. now new research finds being healthy and overweight is just a myth. >> being obese is a cardiovascular event. >> one day after the improved website went live, president obama wants americans to give another chance. >> and the president today says it is clear there's a high demand out there for affordable care. tara is at the white house with the latest. >> president obama is asking americans who need insurance to come back to newly overhauled >> do not let the initial problems discourage you because it's working better now and it's going to keep on working better over time. >> the obama administration says more than 1 million people logged on to the site monday and the system did not crash.
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13,000 were put in a new system to help during high traffic. they are invited to come back when there is less traffic. 60% of them did. the white house is not yet saying how many have enrolled, but high traffic is proof of high demand. >> despite all the problems in the rollout, about half a million people across the country are poised to gain healthcare coverage beginning on january 1. >> the white house hopes highlighting progress will reassure consumers and nervous democrats. but republicans continue to insist problems go way beyond the website. >> this bill was fund mentally flawed. causing people to lose the doctor of their choice, causing them to lose their health plan, and if that isn't enough, they are having to pay much higher prices at the same time. >> the g.o.p. wants the law repealed. president obama says he won't let that happen, but is willing to work to improve it.
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tara for cbs news, the white house. >> and the white house also says it fixed the website defect that prevented social security numbers from being sent to insurers. >> new information tonight in just another disturbing case. this time out of woodbridge. authorities tell us there were numerous witnesses to the sexual asuit of an 11-year-old girl near the middle school and the girl knows the two people charged. they are two boys just 12 and 13 years old. peggy fox brings us the story. >> they are shocking allegations. what police say happened here in woodbridge to an 11-year-old girl right behind one of these fences in her own backyard. >> she reported to us that she was sexually assaulted by two known acquaintances. both of which were juveniles. >> the boys are only 12 and 13 years old. the middle schoolers have been arrested and charged with forcible sodomy, which apparently was oral sex. the boys are also charged with
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abduction. >> they held her down and committed the assault. so that escalates it. >> although it is horrifying, something likely normalized this behavior for one or both of these young men. >> clinical psychologist, casey fisher helps rehabilitate children who commit violent acts. usually an outside influence skewed their moral compass. >> most perpetrators of sexual abuse, they had some chronic level of exposure to sexual violence. it could mean that they have been victims. it could mean that they have been what we call victim observers. >> dr. fisher says when there are two perpetrators, a mob mentality can take effect. in this case, there were not only two perpetrators, but we're learning there were a number of other kids who were watching. commonwealth attorney, paul, says there were half a dozen witnesses. >> people were there, but it
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was certainly an unusual crime. >> he says the incident happened after school with no parents around. >> as a society, our kids are being exposed more and more over sexual activity and less parental guidance. >> in prince william county, peggy fox, wusa9. >> the two boys are being held at a juvenile detention facility without bond and they could stay there through christmas. their preliminary hearing is scheduled through late january. we have links on our website about how to protect your children from sexual abuse and how to talk to them about sexuality. >> the d.c. police officers behind bars. the charge, reducing child pornography. he is mark washington, 32 years old, and he was just in court accused of taking explicit photos of a 15-year-old girl in her bedroom while on duty. now according to the court documents, that girl had just come back home after being reported missing. and washington said he needed to take the pictures as part of
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police procedure. that girl later told her mother about the whole thing, washington was arrested in just hours. investigators are worried there may be other possible victims out there. according to the court documents, washington's camera held similar pictures of other girls. >> and, this is the woman a father says caused his autistic son's agony after he was allegedly abused sexually by his own teacher. >> i'm bruce leshan at montgomery county police headquarters. police here are on the hunt for a teacher who has apparently fled to hong kong after allegedly sexually abusing a 15- year-old autistic boy in her care. minister, ronald harding bravely stepped to the microphone with his wife to describe his son's reaction to what happened to him. they were driving past the school in rockville where the boy was a student. >> he began to literally rip pieces of the door panel off of
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the inside of our car. it is challenging for him because with autism, he does not display his emotions, but he feels them deeper than most of us. >> our victim is a child. a child with special needs. he should have been mortured and protected by his teacher. >> did she flee to hong kong? >> someone in the apartment declined to talk to us, but police say hong kong is exactly where the alleged abuser is now. in rockville, bruce leshan, wusa9. d.c. mayor, vincent gray refuses to go into detail about the 2010 campaign debacle he will concentrate on the future. >> this is bruce johnson at 7th and o where the mayor held a press conference, his first since announcing his reelection bid and the mayor did not want to talk about the 2010 campaign. >> can you go any further than you've already gone other than saying you did nothing wrong? can you tell us when you found
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out? >> people get in a campaign because they want to. people get in the campaign because they want to be the mayor of the district of columbia. they aught to articulate a vision for the district of columbia. >> four people from that campaign have taken felony guilty pleas for corrupt activities. federal prosecutors are not accused gray and the mayor denied any wrong doing, but with no further explanation of how his last campaign went off the tracks. >> i intend to talk about the future of this city. >> the city market development in the shah neighborhoods, all to highlight new projects that he says have brought more than 17,000 jobs to the city. bruce johnson, wusa9. >> and coming your way in a minute, why you could soon be using a tablet to place your order, maybe even pay the bill at some popular chain restaurants. and if the drone could bring it to me, i'd be happ
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numbers above average today. 56 goes in the books as the high. 41 is the low. that's the bargain. average is 51 and 36. you might remember, the record high 71. we'll come back and talk about 60s. showers, and a wintery mix. it's all on your first alert seven-day. up next, the investigation into this weekend's deadly derailment in new york city is now focusing on the train's driver. we'll be back.
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back with new information on sunday's train derailment. federal investigators haven't found any signs of trouble with the brakes. the national transportation safety board is saying it is inspecting the cars and interviewing crew members and they'll review any cell phone use by the engineer. as of tonight, the union official says the engineer caught himself nodding at the controls just before that train flew off the tracks. now the metro north commuter train was going 82 miles an hour and of course jumped the tracks on that sharp curve and four passengers were killed. >> well, no more having to scroll through lists to find out where you can get a traffic ticket here in d.c., at least not from those cameras. >> has an online interactive map that shows you where every traffic enforcement camera is located in the city. there's a different logo, so whether it's speed, red light,
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stop sign, crosswalk, every one of the more than 100 traffic enforcement cameras are now active across the district. >> that is a lot of cameras. >> that's a whole lot of cameras. we'll get to that in a second. the new cameras put d.c. on the leading edge of traffic enforcement across the country. city officials say the goal is to make the streets safer, but some drivers are seeing red. >> i don't think they are really set up for safety purposes. i believe that they are set up in order for the city to generate more revenue. >> research shows that aggressive enforcement is the strongest inducement to getting drivers to obey the law. >> d.c. raked in $100 million from its existing traffic cameras last year. warnings will be given december 29 and then the fines start on the 30th. >> i'm not seeing red, i'm seeing green. still ahead, holiday gift ideas for people who have everything.
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and over here, wal-mart big wigs. over here, people that aren't very happy about wal-mart coming to town on the eve of the big opening. a lot of controversy still going on. that up next. the pain started up the back of my head
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and wrapped around to the front. i couldn't play my bassoon because of the pressure that i felt throughout my whole head. the blistering and the rash was moving down towards my eye. the doctors at the emergency room recommended that i have it checked out by an eye doctor. there was concern about my eyesight. when i had shingles the music stopped.
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tablets could soon be coming to a restaurant table near you. our partners report apple bees will announce today that it hopes to have tablet computers at every table by the end of next year. customers can use those tablets to order the appetizers, the deserts, pay for the meal, and play games while they wait, but you still have to go through a waiter to order your main dish. other restaurant chains like chilis and ihop are looking to do the same thing. >> here it comes. >> after months of controversy. two wal-mart stores are set to open in the district. >> one located at the intersection of georgia, the other is at the intersection of first and 8th streets northwest just blocks away from the union station. that's where deborah is standing by live with more on the long road it took to get there and some fairly angry protesters. >> reporter: yeah, they certainly are, actually. they are coming over to us trying to talk to us in the middle of our live tease. i want to show you what's going
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on. this broke out a little while ago. a big rally, they are mad about wal-mart opening, but certainly there's been lots of rallies. there's been lots of opposition. finally come and today, we got a sneak peek. >> how are you feeling? what do you want to be? >> accident free. >> you're looking at the big box retailers. the heart of the district minimum wage in july. lawmakers want to raise it from $8.25 to $12.50. wal-mart threatened to walk. the d.c. council voted to raise it to $11.50. 300 plus people work at this h street location. they are making what wal-mart says is a competitive. one of the people out from d.c. jobs says this. >> they gross over $400 billion annually and they pay poverty wages and they got into
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d.c. by promising under the table that they would pay $12 to $13, but never publicly coming out and saying that. now they won't say what they are actually paying their workers. >> and back here live, you can see certainly the scene unfolding. you can see those police sirens. i don't think they have anything to do with this. again, mayor gray is going to have to approve raising that minimum wage. we don't know if that's going to happen. this place right here on h street and the one on georgiaa knew, they will open tomorrow morning and d.c. police say certainly expect a lot of traffic around here in the morning. we're live here on h street, wusa9. >> all right, the holiday shopping crowd is sure to show up. thank you, deborah. >> all right. one of these interesting weeks. >> well, it is. early december can be cool. 60s. we have 60s. we have showers. we have snow and sleet on the
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map, too. >> all in one week. we have 56 today. not bad. our average high is 50 or 51. this is our live michael and son weather cam. 49. but again, pretty humid really. 64%. it's not going to get that cold. even though the winds are dead calm. we have clouds this morning and clear skies, lots of sunshine. now clouds back on our doorstep from charlottes vol into west of cumberland. no precipitation with these clouds. they are all up to the north again, much like yesterday. all the rain showers will be off to the north of us, but the clouds will return tonight. primarily 40s. 47 in white oak. 49 in college park. it is still 50 in arlington, but 45 in reston and 46 in fairfax and 44 down in springfield. temperatures will fall quickly until the clouds roll back in and level off. nobody gets below freezing tonight. in fact, chilly, clouds return. that helps us out. cool to chilly at the bus stop, depending on how you look at it. 30s and 40s.
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not windy. seasonal with a stray shower on wednesday and again, a lot more cloud cover tomorrow and the 60s move in on thursday. now for tonight, returning mostly cloudy, 36 to 44. winds light, south, southeast at 10. temperatures downtown in the 40s to start. upper 40s by 9:00. a lot of clouds. low 50s by 11:00 and mid 50s by 1:00. a couple sprinkles are possible as we get into the afternoon hours. now we're looking at temperatures mid 50s on wednesday. shower possible. 66 on thursday. a shower possible and then grab your umbrella. 61. warmer showers on friday. for now, we'll keep that as a green alert. next seven days, maybe some morning showers on saturday and the cooler, colder air infiltrates the area. and sunday, we get a cold area of high pressure to the north. cold air not good for snow, but really good for ice. we have the skins in town, the ravens in town, the classic, look for wintery mix by sunday morning, before you go to
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church. >> sounds nasty. >> not really. it is what it is. >> all right. >> all right, jan jeffcoat is in the newsroom with a look ahead. evening, jan. >> tonight in your only local news at 7:00, we're taking a closer look at how flight attendants can play a big role in stopping human trafficking. plus, the new metro ad is raising eyebrows, and you're going to meet the maryland family responsible for decorating the national christmas tree. again, that's tonight at 7:00. and also want to take this moment to thank all of our viewers who have helped needy kids and families this holiday season with just the click of a button, you can also give a gift, donate, or send a holiday message from home or work or anywhere with our wusa9 joy drive. so between now and mid december, log on to to learn exactly how you can give joy. big shout out to lesli and her
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daughter. they bought several gifts this morning on the joy drive. thank you for that, lesli. >> it was fun. >> all right, thank you, jan. coming your way next, the lighting of the capital christmas tree. >> plus, gift ideas for those friends and family that have everything and are so hard to shop for. a subaru...
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...are the hands that do good things for the whole community: the roenvinment, seniors, kids, and animals. that's why we created the share the love event. by the end of this year, the total donated by subaru could reach 35 million dollars. you get a great deal on a new subaru. we'll donate 250 dollars to a choice of charities that benefit your community. it feels good to be a helping hand.
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three, two, one. >> good job. >> oh, christmas tree, christmas tree, it's beginning to look a lot like christmas. it's the west lawn of the capitol just a short time ago. they lit the lights at the capitol christmas tree. this is a six-year-old giovani gainer. the tree is an elderman spruce, 88 feet tall. now brightened by 10,000 christmas lights. >> giovani, not so tall. >> only 22 days to go until christmas. so how is that list coming along? >> slow. if you're having trouble coming up with gift ideas, jessica doyle has you covered. >> we all have them, those
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hard to shop for people. so we turn to local shop owners in old town alexandria and a mayor electronics retailer to get clever gift ideas for the person who has almost everything. for the creative type -- >> we are really pushing the kit, it's somebody in your life who does not knit and crafty and wants to learn. it has everything you can possibly need in it. >> for the foody, fancy olive oils and vinegars. >> this has chocolate and blood orange olive oils, which is great for salads. >> since anyone can have a fashion emergency, a gift that mcgiver might like. >> mini emergency kits. they are $15 and they have everything you need in a pinch. so, you need an earring back or band-aid, or nail polish, it's in here. >> and guys we know about how you feel about the mall and
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gifts in general, so no more sweaters or ties for dad. this year, cool new gadget. >> a great one that i love is sonos. it's super easy to use, wireless streaming of all the different contents that you want across your house. it is plug and play. the other one of my favorites is the jawbone jam box. this thing rocks. great sound. great price. lots of them available. >> and one last idea, consider making a donation in their name to one of their favorite charities. it is a gift that is truly in keeping with the spirit of the season. jessica doyle, wusa9. >> all great ideas. you have some -- >> i tell you, my dad was the worse person to buy for because he had everything. he ended up with three or four bottles of aqua velva. >> as a kid, we did the best we could. >> wow. >> the smell vision, i can smell it, it's coming back. >> we should have bought the
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brute instead. >> the cbs evening news is next. >> bye bye, everybody, i'll be back at 7:00.
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>> pelley: tonight, breaking news on the derailment. we now have the results of brake and alcohol tests. jeff pegues reports. bill whitaker on a system that might have saved lives. a judge o.k.s detroit's epic bankruptcy. dean reynolds reports pensions are in jeopardy. >> i feel angry. >> pelley: clarissa ward discovers a scorched-earth war where reporters are banned. >> reporter: you can see the scale of the destruction from those shells. >> pelley: and the chinese order teachers to ease up on the home work. seth doane on how


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